If ratified, new contract will give more Levy workers at Barclays health insurance
Brooklyn, NY – Food and beverage workers at Barclays Center have a new tentative agreement with their employer, Levy, averting a planned strike authorization vote. If ratified by membership vote, Levy workers will receive raises between $5-$11.20 an hour. By the end of the contract, the lowest paid worker will earn a wage of $25 an hour.
More Levy workers at Barclays will qualify for health insurance. In addition, concessions workers will now be able to receive tips. Workers also won additional employer-contributions to their pension, a new 401k with an employer match, and the ability to work at other Levy-operated properties. The contract will be in effect until 2027.
“I’m so happy about this tentative agreement. It will raise the standards for us in all classifications at Barclays. I’ll actually have health insurance through the job I’ve worked since day one!” said Lashawn Saunders, a Levy concessions stand lead at Barclays Center.
“Levy saw that our members were serious about what they were fighting for. We got the things we needed at the bargaining table: real raises, a way for more of our members to get health insurance from Levy, and a lot more. Once again, this contract builds on the high standard Local 100 has set for stadium workers in New York and New Jersey,” said UNITE HERE Local 100 President José Maldonado.
Levy workers at Barclays Center are members of UNITE HERE Local 100, New York City’s largest food workers union. UNITE HERE Local 100 also represents food and beverage workers at Madison Square Garden, among other New York and New Jersey stadiums and arenas.
A joint statement from UNITE HERE Local 100 and Levy:
“UNITE HERE Local 100 and Levy have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for Barclays Center team members that will deliver wage increases, expanded access to health insurance, and investment in training facilities and programs. We are all proud to reach a deal that shows team members how much they are valued. Union membership will vote to ratify the agreement in the coming days.”